Candylab Toys' sleek wooden cars are a nod to the modernist vibe of the 1960s

08/24/16   filed under: eco play, green kids, green toys

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Animal-free milk is "sustainable, kind, delicious" & a moo-vement against factory farming

08/24/16   filed under: baby feeding, health & body, news

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There are plenty of organic milk alternatives on the market. From almond to soy to hemp to homemade cashew milk, it’s not as if dairy avoiders and vegans don’t have a plethora of choices. But in 2017 there’s going to be a new option that’s rumored to be closer to cow’s milk than any other milk alternative, and it’s simply yet powerfully named “Animal-free Milk.” Perfect Day (a re-brand of Muufri) scientists are working hard on this innovative milk product that’s crafted without the need for a single cow — and it’s more nutritious, humane, and sustainable than mainstream factory-farmed cow’s milk. Plus, Perfect Day notes that their Animal-free Milk will win people over based on the taste alone.

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Bitsies jewelry for kids teaches mini fashionistas how to be socially conscious consumers

08/23/16   filed under: green design, green kids, kid friendly

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My daughter loves draping herself in jewelry, but steering her away from most of the baubles that are geared towards kids (and often high in toxic chemicals like lead) means she raids my jewelry box instead. Now we’ve all got a much better option: the Bitsies line by 31 Bits. The colorful, nine piece collection of necklaces and bracelets feature 31 Bits’s trademark handcrafted beads, which are made from rolled up strips of recycled paper and then coated with a non-toxic water-based varnish. Each piece also has an empowering name such as a “reach for the stars” bracelet or a “shine on” necklace (both shown in the image after the jump). You (or your kiddo) can choose from multiple color possibilities, and we love that several of the items in the collection are sold as a set, so that your little one and her bestie (or her sibling) can be all matchy-matchy. As cute and appealing as the Bitsies collection is, we have fallen even harder for the mission behind this inspirational brand.

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Dutch kids get to pedal their way to school on this awesome Bicycle School Bus

08/23/16   filed under: green design, green kids, kid friendly

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We’ve learned that Dutch children can build their own village in four days using teamwork, so it’s no surprise that the enterprising kids can also team up to power the Bicycle School Bus. Designed and built by Tolkamp Metaalspecials, this excellent mode of transportation features eight sets of pedals to accommodate kids ages 4-12, a driver’s seat for an adult, and three benches for non-pedaling passengers. Capable of reaching a speed of up to 10 MPH, and equipped with a sound system and an awning in the event of rainy weather, what student wouldn’t want to make the wheels on this bus go round and round, all through the town? While there is a motor on this oversized bicycle, it can run on kid-power alone if all passengers are on deck. So far this sweet ride, priced at $15,000 (a bargain compared to a gas-guzzling standard school bus), is only available in Europe, but we’d love to see it stateside so our kids could get some exercise and help save the earth, all before the first school bell rings.

+ Tolkamp Metaalspecials

Images © Jan Beeldrijk

 

14 year-old transforms a 1974 Wilderness camper into a dreamy 'glamper'

08/23/16   filed under: diy kids crafts, green design, green family, green kids

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Win a Republic Bike Kids Cargo Bike (worth $349) in Inhabitots' back to school giveaway

08/22/16   filed under: contest, green kids, kid friendly

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It’s almost time to head back to school — and what better way for your child to roll up to their first day of class than on this showstopping Kids Cargo Bike? We’ve teamed up with Republic Bike to give one lucky winner this sweet ride that’s worth $349! This inverted tricycle is effortless for kids to maneuver and its wooden crate will tote books, a waste-free lunch and more to and from class in style. Read on to learn how to enter to win!

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Recyclable DIY desk and chair set brings smiles to study time

08/22/16   filed under: eco toddler, green kids, kids furniture

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Eco-friendly, kid-sized furniture can be a pain because it’s expensive and your child will only use it for a short time in most cases. That’s why the recycled Miley DIY Chair & Desk are so awesome! Designed by Jaewon Kang and Sooyoung Yoo, this small, but useful collection is lightweight, durable, and easy to assemble (tool-free), plus the perfect way to get some kid-sized pieces stat, that won’t break the bank, even if you have more than one tot in your house. Although these two pieces are already adorable with their cute little smiles, you or your child can easily grab some paint, crayons or stickers and customize the furniture. Both the chair and desk are made with corrugated, recycled cardboard, so you can simply recycle them both when your kid outgrows them. Perfect for ages 3+.

RELATED | 14 DIY recycled cardboard crafts that will amaze your kids

+ Miley DIY Chair & Desk $15.00-$18.00

+ MoMA Store

 

Not having kids may be the best thing you can do for the environment

08/22/16   filed under: green family, parenting

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Our mission at Inhabitots is to report on how to make more eco-friendly choices as a family — from how to stop using paper towels forever to doable and green family New Year’s resolutions. But what if the most eco-friendly choice of all is to not have any children? The concept of the”small-family ethic” has grown in popularity as our world reaches what many scientists believe is a tipping point in climate change. In the next 35 years or so, the average global temperature may indeed rise more than two degrees, which is believed to create a climate change domino effect. These effects may already be evident. July 2016 was reportedly the hottest month ever on record, according to NASA, who also found that in the first six months of 2016, the temperatures were the highest average of any six-month period since the organization first started keeping track of temperatures in 1880. As temperature variations become more severe and portions of our planet straddle the line of inhabitability, it’s important to ponder how having kids or not having them figures into this potentially catastrophic equation, and whether we can just offset their footprint through eco-friendly measures.

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Women in Science book celebrates 50 fearless female pioneers who changed the world

Women in Science book celebrates 50 fearless female pioneers who changed the world

Encouraging girls and women to explore the world of STEM is a high priority in creating a gender equilibrium in this burgeoning field. A new book, Women in Science: 50 Fearless…

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Baltimore school deals with conflict by sending kids to the Mindful Moment Room instead of the principal's office

Baltimore school deals with conflict by sending kids to the Mindful Moment Room instead of the principal's office

What if elementary school kids began each day with a mindfulness breathing exercise, had the option of taking yoga classes, and were sent to a relaxing room to chill and re-center…

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Apple Park organic dolls are the perfect first doll for babies

Apple Park organic dolls are the perfect first doll for babies

If you’re looking for an absolutely perfect starter baby doll for your little one, look no further, because Apple Park organic baby dolls are here! Sweet and cuddly, each Apple…

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7 global trends in education we wish would make their way to U.S schools

7 global trends in education we wish would make their way to U.S schools

1. An emphasis on community and responsibility in Japan In Japan, young children practice O-soji or Soji no jikan, a “cleaning time.” In an attempt to teach children how to respect…

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Moonflower Toys stackers double as play sets and come in an array of unique themes

Moonflower Toys stackers double as play sets and come in an array of unique themes

A quality stacking toy is an essential toy for toddlerhood. Seemingly simple in scope, stacking and sorting toys provide a multi-tasking activity for little ones, helping them develop…

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20 DIY dollhouses that are eco-friendly, affordable and super easy for any parent to make

20 DIY dollhouses that are eco-friendly, affordable and super easy for any parent to make

Off grid dollhouse This “off grid” DIY dollhouse takes the cake when it comes to sustainability, cuteness and fun! This imaginative dollhouse is made entirely…

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Toy cash register teaches kids about money, counting and cooperation

Toy cash register teaches kids about money, counting and cooperation

Sometimes the simplest toys make the biggest impact on kids. For example, this sweet little toy cash register is simple, yet playful enough to keep your little shop keeper entertained…

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This cozy infant hammock aims to reduce environmental factors that can lead to SIDS

This cozy infant hammock aims to reduce environmental factors that can lead to SIDS

A new infant bed aims to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and simulate the comfort and safety babies grew accustomed to during pregnancy. The Crescent Womb bed is…

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12 amazing pop-up books that will teach your child about the world in stunning detail

12 amazing pop-up books that will teach your child about the world in stunning detail

In the Forest In this book, filled with a lush green forest, a sloth sleeps. Can your child find him!? Then, sadly, machines arrive to tear down the trees, so what will happen…

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Googy is a rocking horse with a designer twist

Googy is a rocking horse with a designer twist

Ooh Noo designs beautiful, modern, minimalist toys for babies, toddlers and older kiddos, and one of their most appealing projects is Googy, a fresh take on the classic rocking horse.…

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